Stainless steel is a popular material used for making pans as it’s durable, nonreactive and resistant to rust and scratches. On this page we’ll share some tips for choosing stainless-steel pans as well as reviews of some of the best you can get in the UK right now.
Best Stainless-Steel Saucepans in the UK
1. Le Creuset 3-Ply Stainless Steel Saucepan Set
Le Creuset is one of the most highly regarded cookware brands, so it’s not surprising that they make some of the highest quality stainless-steel saucepans on the market.
This 3-piece set is a good choice if you’re looking for something pans that will last for years and don’t mind investing a bit of money in them. These pans aren’t cheap, but they are very well made.
The pan diameters are 20 cm, 18 cm and 16 cm, and you can stack them on top of each other to save storage space. Buying a set like this rather than a single pan gives you the ability to cook bigger and complex meals and choose the right pan size for each job.
Each pan has a metal lid which fits well, but doesn’t let you see what’s going on like a glass lid would.
The pans are designed with three layers; there is one layer of aluminium between two layers of stainless steel. This helps to make sure heat is spread out uniformly.
This design feature helps overcome one of the common issues with stainless-steel pans which is that the heat can be uneven, causing overheating in some parts of the pan.
These pans can be used on every kind of hob, including induction hobs. They’re also dishwasher safe and can be used in the oven up to 260°C. These Le Creuset pans are built to last and come with a lifetime guarantee.
2. Morphy Richards Equip 3 Piece Pan Set
This 3-piece set from Morphy Richards offers a cheaper alternative to the Le Creuset pans reviewed above. Unsurprisingly, they’re not as high quality as the Le Creuset pans, but they offer good value for money overall.
These pans have a very functional design. They have glass lids so you can keep an eye on what you’re cooking. They also have useful pouring spouts, and the handles and lid knobs stay cool so you don’t need to use oven gloves.
Like with the Le Creuset set reviewed above, the pan diameters are 20 cm, 18 cm and 16 cm.
These pans use Thermocore technology to help keep heat evenly distributed. This makes them more efficient and prevents hot spots, which can be an issue with other stainless steel pans.
These pans are suitable for all hob types including induction hobs. They’re also dishwasher safe.
3. Stellar 1000 3 piece Saucepan Set With Free Saucepan
This saucepan set from Stellar is one of my favourite looking saucepan sets on this list. However, a saucepan set doesn’t make our lists just because they are pretty. As sleek as the design of this saucepan set is, these pans also outperform most others on the market.
This saucepan set is a set of three high-quality stainless-steel saucepans, plus you get a free 14cm saucepan too. All four in the set are extremely well made with high-quality stainless steel.
The bases are nice and thick, so they hold heat very well. Plus, the curved design of the sides means that these saucepans can prevent boiling over too. For the price, this stainless-steel saucepan set is very hard to beat.
4. Tefal Ingenio Pots and Pans Set
We understand that this Tefal pots and pan set may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s actually causing quite the stir for many home cooks.
This pots and pans set looks like it would be right at home in a caravan, but it is one of the most professional cook sets on the market right now and perfect for everyday use.
With this set, you get 13 pots and pans that are designed to work with induction hobs. You get two handles that can be used on any of the pots and pans and lids for the pots too.
Of course, thanks to the removable handles, any of the stainless-steel pots and pans in this set can be used in the oven.
As I said, this pot and pan set from Tefal may not appeal to everyone, but it is one of the most versatile cook sets on the market right now.
5. ProCook Professional Stainless Steel 6 Piece Saucepan Set
This six-piece saucepan set is one of the best sets to go for if you have just redesigned your kitchen, moved into your first home or if you have just purchased your first induction hob.
You get all of the saucepans you need, a casserole pot and a large stockpot. Plus, you also get a frying pan. All of the pots and pans in this set are stainless steel, and all of the pots come with high-quality lids too.
Plus, this ProCook set looks amazing too. ProCook has been making high quality, professional-grade cooking equipment for years. That means that these pots and pans look really sleek, but they were also built to last with the best stainless steel possible.
So, if you want sleek cookware that will last years and don’t want to have to re-mortgage your home to enjoy it, this is the cookware for you.
Best Stainless-Steel Frying Pans in the UK
1. Tefal Intuition Frying Pan
This frying pan from Tefal is made from 18/10 stainless steel, which is one of the most durable kinds of stainless steel. Like most Tefal pans it has Thermo-Spot technology integrated into coating of the pan.
The Thermo-Spot is a pattern on the pan which turns red when the pan has heated up fully, so you know when to start cooking.
As you’d expect from Tefal, this frying pan has a non-stick design. It’s also dishwasher safe and can be put in the oven at a temperature of 260°C or less for up to an hour.
The main part of the pan comes with a 10-year guarantee, while the non-stick coating has a lifetime guarantee against peeling and blistering.
To summarise, this is a great non-stick stainless-steel frying pan that is easy to clean and should last a long time.
2. Circulon – Momentum Stainless Steel Frying Pan 29cm
The Circulon stainless-steel frying pan is great for any hob type, including induction. It features a total non-stick coating that is sure to last a long time even with a lot of use.
The stainless handle of this frying pan also features a lovely curve. This curve is designed to keep your hand away from the heat source and provide a lot of control when handling the pan.
To make the handle even better, it has a rubber coating so it won’t heat up. Plus, it also has a loop to hang the pan up. The handle is riveted to the body of this frying pan, making it sturdy too.
This is a heavy stainless-steel frying pan with a heavy bottom. So, you’ll have to wait a little longer for this frying pan to heat up, but you can enjoy a very even heat on any hob.
3. ProCook Professional Stainless Steel Frying Pan – Uncoated, 24cm
This ProCook Professional stainless-steel frying pan comes in three sizes, 20, 24 and 28cm. We choose the 24cm frying pan for this article because it is a great size, but all have the amazing features that we’re about to discuss.
So these frying pans have a very thick base and can be used on any type of hob including induction. This base is heavy and flat, so the pan will hold heat extremely well and distribute it evenly too.
There is no non-stick coating on this frying pan either. Using a stainless-steel frying pan without a non-stick coating can be a bit of learning curve, but the results you get using this frying pan will make it worth it.
4. Stellar 7000 20cm Stainless Steel Frying Pan
This stainless-steel frying pan is made from 18/10 stainless steel, so it can be used on any hob type you wish. You’ll also notice that this frying pan has a non-stick coating. This is a very robust non-stick coating and will last for use, even with some abuse.
The reason this stainless-steel frying pan is on this list and why so many home chefs love it so much is all about the base. The base of this frying pan is a forged piece of metal that is nice and thick. This means that the base of this pan holds heat extremely well. It also provides a nice amount of weight to the pan.
This brilliant frying pan comes with a lifetime guarantee and is also oven and dishwasher safe. So, it is robust, wonderful to use and will make cooking even more enjoyable for a long time to come.
5. Le Creuset 3-Ply Stainless Steel Uncoated Frying Pan
If you have a bit of money to spare, you might want to consider this 3-ply stainless-steel frying pan from Le Creuset. Like the pans in the Le Creuset set reviewed above, this frying pan is designed with three layers of metal which helps distribute heat more evenly.
This pan is suitable for all hob types including induction hobs, and can also be put in the oven at temperatures up to 220 °C.
This pan is quite expensive, but it should last a lifetime. It looks amazing and doesn’t present the same health risks as non-stick pans do.
Pros and Cons of Stainless-Steel Pans
Stainless steel is generally regarded as one of the best materials for making pots and pans. However, there are some disadvantages to using stainless-steel pans. Here’s an overview of the pros and cons.
- Rust and scratch-resistant
- Dishwasher safe
- Durable and last a long time
- Relatively ineffective at conducting heat
- Poor heat distribution
- Food can stick
How to Choose Stainless-Steel Cookware
Like most products, there is some special terminology you need to understand when choosing stainless-steel pans.
Stainless steel grades
Stainless steel pans aren’t made from 100% stainless steel, but rather contain a mixture of metals, in particular chromium and nickel. They are graded with two numbers, the first of which refers to the percentage of chromium and the second of which refers to the percentage of nickel. The three most common grades are 18/10, 18/8 and 18/0.
- 18/10 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 10% nickel. This is one of the most popular grades of stainless steel used in pans. It’s more expensive than other grades, but has a better shine and is more rust-resistant.
- 18/8 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel. It’s cheaper than 18/10 stainless steel but has some of the same benefits.
- 18/0 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 0% nickel. It’s the cheapest type of stainless steel but isn’t as durable as the other types.
Are stainless steel pans suitable for all hob types?
18/10 grade stainless steel pans can be used on any hob type. Most stainless steel pans these days are induction compatible, but you should check this before buying as there are some exceptions. See our roundup of the best pans for induction hobs if you’re not sure.
How much do stainless steel pans cost?
Stainless-steel pans tend to be more expensive than aluminium pans but not as expensive as copper pans. The price varies a lot depending on the brand and size of the pan. The cheapest stainless-steel pans cost less than £10, while the most expensive from brands such as Le Creuset can cost over £100.